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MaryAnn has an in-home daycare that she runs with her daughter, Heather. She has been doing day-care in her home for more than 20 years now! She is really fantastic and highly recommended. She has a few kids that are leaving in the next few months to start pre- school so I know that she has a few openings. Call for an interview: (510) 482-2532 Contact: MaryAnn Thornes, (510) 482-2532
Re: Need good Oakland preschool asap. Any openings?
MaryAnn Thornes Daycare is wonderful! She is in Oakland right across from the Dimond Park and Library. She has been doing daycare in her home for more than 20 years. Her daugther, Heather Thornes, works with her also. They just had 3 children leave for pre-school/kindergarten this month, so I believe they have a few openings. Call her at: (510) 482-2532 to set up an interview! Not only is she great with the kids, but the most reasonable place I've seen in a few years. Julie
My son has been going to Maryanne's home daycare on and off
since he was a little over 3 months old. Now is there full time
(8-330) and he will be 2 this summer. At first I was nervous
(like all new moms) to leave my son but honestly, I couldn't be
more pleased with the care that he receives. Maryanne has been
doing daycare for over 20 years and now her daughter Heather
works with her. The daycare is in a safe neighborhood right
across the street from Diamond Park and the Library, where they
take the older kids for story time. Maryanne has flexible hours
and her rates are more than reasonable. I am planning to have
another baby soon and it's so nice to have a peace of mind about
daycare. I don't have to worry about my son during the day
because I know he is having fun with his friends and I'm
positive he is well taken care of! If you're looking for an
affordable home daycare, in a good location with kind people I
highly recommend her.
Contact: MaryAnn Thornes, 510-482-2532
We love Maryann Thornes's home daycare (Fruitvale)
Maryann is a real find. We are so lucky we've found her.
Her prices are very reasonable and she has the magic touch
dealing with our 13-month-old son (who is going through a
separation anxiety phase and is very high maintenance at
the moment!). She is a master cuddler and really pours on
I highly recommend her.
I saw on the website a strong recommendation from 1999 for the home daycare run by Maryann Thornes in the Dimond District. Does anyone have current/more recent experience with her? I will be heading over there soon to check it out for myself, but I'd love any other relevant input. Many thanks in advance. Christy
What it isn't is a beautiful space, with a structured program. It's kind of a dumpy apartment, with lots and lots of toys, not terribly neat (though certainly clean enough). It doesn't have great outdoor space, but they use Dimond park (a block away) and have a concrete patio with ride on toys. They walk to the library for story time (also a block away). There aren't art projects (impossible to do with little babies around)but there are lots of books around and some fairly inventive toys they've made and a peaceful fish tank and bird cage.
Maryann and Heather are very flexible in terms of schedule, and quite affordable, and they have a very diverse group of children. I would say this is an appropriate place for children until they are ready for preschool, though I've used it for fill in care for my two older children when I've needed it. They've been very accommodating for a breastfeeding mother and a changing schedule, and Maryann will babysit in the evenings for us. This makes it much easier for me to leave my baby, since she is a familar person. Myriam
My daughter Genevieve has been in family home daycare in Oakland since she was about four months old. As we've watched her grow and become the person she is, we have become increasingly impressed with the care she is getting from Maryann Thornes and her daughter Heather. Maryann's physical layout is not great, but the care Gen has been getting has been. Heather and Maryannn provide consistent, affectionate, playful and happy attention. They take pleasure in the babies they care for and the babies thrive on it. Genevieve enjoys the safe and happy place they have made. Maryann has a ton of great toys that she and heather have found at garage sales over the years, they make good use of local resources... storytime at the library and Dimond Park's great tot lot. They are very flexible and quite affordable. This is a place that is appropriate for kids up to about three, since they allow the children to structure their own day completely, though in the past we've used them for fill-in care for our older child, and no doubt will with Gen. She also has helped our family by picking up at preschool, babysitting on occasion and caring for Genevieve during our horrific move.
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